Hunt, Hanks Team Up

“As Good As It Gets” Oscar-winner Helen Hunt is ready for her next movie close-up –and it’ll be for a cameo role. She’ll be in the Tom Hanks feature “Cast Away,” reports Variety, about one man’s struggles on a deserted island. Hunt plays his fed-up girlfriend, who is seen only at the beginning and end of the picture. The director is Robert Zemeckis, who did “Forrest Gump” with Hanks. There will be a break of several months during the filming of “Cast Away,” because Hanks has to lose 40 pounds for the role, from the time he first lands on the island to what living there in isolation does to him. Shooting begins later this month, with the bulk of it taking place on Fiji.

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